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Islamic Imperialism: A History

by Karsh, Efraim

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New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2006. Paperback. Very Good/No Jacket. Trade Paperback in Near Fine Condition. Just a whisper of wear to corners of cover and a tiny imperfection on front, else fine. A very well documented history of Islamic imperialism, from the 7th century, and how the Muslim mainstream behaved toward its neighbors. For anyone who wants to understand the Middle East of today, its history, culture and religion. 284 pages with Notes and Index. 9.25 x 6.2 inches. 2006, Yale University Press, New Haven and London.

From the first Arab-Islamic Empire of the mid-seventh century to the Ottomans, the last great Muslim empire, the story of the Middle East has been the story of the rise and fall of universal empires and, no less important, of imperialist dreams. So argues Efraim Karsh in this highly provocative book. Rejecting the conventional Western interpretation of Middle Eastern history as an offshoot of global power politics, Karsh contends that the region's experience is the culmination of long-existing indigenous trends, passions and patterns of behaviour, and that foremost among these is Islam's millenarian imperial tradition. The author explores the history of Islam's imperialism and the persistence of the Ottoman imperialist dream that outlasted World War I to haunt Islamic and Middle Eastern politics to the present day. September 11 can be seen as simply the latest expression of this dream, and such attacks have little to do with U.S. international behaviour or policy in the Middle East, says Karsh. The House of Islam's war for world mastery is traditional, indeed venerable, and it is a quest that is far from over.




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